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Community Healthcare Organsiations

HSE Launch New Report

A new report, Community Healthcare Organisations – Report and Recommendations of the Integrated Service Area Review Group’, setting out how all health services, outside of acute hospitals, will be organised and managed was published yesterday, Wednesday 8th October 2014.  Known as community healthcare services, these services include primary care, social care (involving services for older persons and for persons with a disability), mental health and health & wellbeing.

 

The report provides a framework for new governance and organisational structures in order to improve service delivery and ensure the public receive “the right service, at the right time, in the right place, by the right team”.  In essence, this means:

  • Reorganisation of all services, outside of acute hospitals, known as community healthcare services;
  • Improving services by delivering care closer to where people live, with better access and more local decision-making involving GPs and other clinical staff;
  • Making it simpler for people who need services from both community healthcare and acute hospitals to receive that care (Integrated Care);
  • In order to achieve this, nine Community Healthcare Organisations are being established (comprising 90 Primary Care Networks to provide services to  approximately 50,000 people (a network for every large town/district);
  • For first time ever, a senior person, working with an identified GP, will be responsible for ensuring that integrated care is delivered to a population of approximately 50,000 people;
  • A reduction in management structures at a senior level - with new roles and responsibilities achieved by reassigning existing staff.

You can view a copy of the report here, Community Healthcare Organisations – Report and Recommendations of the Integrated Service Area Review Group. There are also ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and a short video message.


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